Tucson, AZ (June 6, 2013) —With less than ten minutes remaining, OC Blues goalkeeper Juan Cervantes, the second goalkeeper of the night for the Blues, looked defeated well before Eli Galbraith-Knapp's curled shot reached the net.
He and his teammates were long defeated even before that moment.
The shot found the back of the net without challenge and FC Tucson capped off an historic night with a 9-1 win in front of a crowd of 653.
"We talked about it at halftime, we weren't satisfied with 4-1," said FC Tucson Head Coach Rick Schantz of the club's halftime lead. "We were going to keep going."
FC Tucson's nine goals is a club record for most goals scored in a match in all competitions, even including the season FC Tucson spent as an independent club in 2010. The previous high in a PDL match was just four goals against the Southern California Seahorses on July 11, 2012.
Conner Brandt scored twice and assisted on another goal.
FC Tucson now gets a night off before squaring off against division-leading Fresno Fuego on Saturday, June 8. That match will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Aside from earning a desperately needed three points, Schantz believed this match sent a message.
"We want Fresno to think that when they come to our house that it's not going to be easy," Schantz said. "That they're going to have their hands full. That they're not going to come in and impose their game on us. They're going to have to deal with who we have. And I think the result tonight sends a message."
FINAL MATCH STATISTICS
FC TUCSON 9 – OC BLUES STRIKERS FC 1
FCT: ‘10, 16- Issac Ikyurav; ‘17, 23- David Clemens; '35, 25- Gabe Silveira (11- Conner Brandt); '39, 11-Conner Brandt, '60, 11-Conner Brandt; '70, 25- Gabe Silveira; '78, 8- Conner Bevans(5-Saeed Robinson); '80, 24- Ryan Felix; '82, 13- Eli Galbraith
OCB: ‘16, 16- Javier Castro
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